IS THERE A UNIVERSAL CREATOR?

Is There a Universal Creator?

How did it all begin?

We have a distortion in our perception that creates an illusion.
Realising this illusion is the path to enlightened wisdom.

Most of us don’t bother with the question, “Is there a creator?”: we just continue in the illusion that we are making our own choices, unaware that we are governed by desires, judgements and indifference (‘indifference’ is another word for ignorance; we ignore our true nature of pure consciousness that doesn’t need, judge or ignore).

Many believe in God the creator to make sense of life, while being unaware that their minds are also governed by desires, judgements and indifference.

The minds of those who say that there is no creator are still governed by the same desires, judgements and indifference.

To prove what governs us, just walk into a room full of people and note to whom you are attracted, whom you avoid and whom you do not notice. These principles govern us – and the infinite universe – at every moment.

What does Buddhism say to this question of a creator?
Buddhists do not believe in God the creator … but there is a creator.

That creator is an ‘I’; a self image. If something is created, then it stands to reason that there would first have to be a desire to create. We desire, and so we create. In order to create, there has to be a plan. We are the creators of that plan which was produced from our desires, judgements and indifference: these three are thus the creators of the universe.

“How can we be the creator, and have a plan? I didn’t form a plan! I didn’t draw up any proposal!”

Plan: a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.

Actually we all have a plan.
Desires, judgements and indifference are the creators of the universe: these three are attraction, repulsion and inertia. These principles arose when we created a self, forgetting that our absolute reality is above and beyond desires, judgements and indifference. Before these principles are activated, there has to be pure consciousness present.

Our desires created a plan, and for our plan to manifest, the natural principles of the universe bring about the necessary conditions through attraction, repulsion and inertia.

The plan was created by our desires (attraction) and, as we’re picky, the plan acquired judgements (repulsion). Because we are unaware of what we are doing, indifference arises and we ignore the effects of the plan (inertia). In other words, karma! Our karma wrote our plan.

So how does it all work?
As this is an alternative view between God the creatorandnatural selection, it is just something to consider. There are infinite beings (beings are anything that has a mind) in an infinite universe that transmigrate from form to form due to an individual, karmic plan.

The principle of the universe creates solar systems and planets whose suns run down, causing ‘big bangs’; the energy from those implosions brings energy for a new system. It’s infinite. At a certain time and place, a planet evolves with conditions for single cell life: from this, more complex forms evolve and attract ‘LIFE’. Transmigrating beings enter these cells and, gradually, intelligent life develops and appears as us. We have come a long way.

We can easily see that the life we lead is our creation, born of adapting to the collective. We, as a type, are attracted to certain areas on earth – like attracts like. Governed by desires, judgements and indifference, we suffer in chaos and confusion, constantly going up and down in this vicious cycle of existence.

We – and the universe – are one huge cycle of existence … until we decide to get off. We do this by we realising that the illusion never existed, and enlightenment is our reality.

It’s important to remember there is a difference between absolute reality and conventional, relative reality. We have to know the difference between the relative and absolute reality of the three principles: desire, judgement and indifference are relative terms, whereas, in absolute terms, these same principles are empty essence, cognisant nature and compassionate activity.

When an enlightened mind recognises the three negative principles, it remembers its true nature spontaneously. It is said, therefore, that the relative and absolute truths are, in fact, inseparable.

Is There a Universal Creator?
Funnily enough, there is.
😀

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NOBODY IS INNOCENT, AND EVERYONE IS PURE

Nobody Is Innocent, And Everyone Is Pure

Anyone could realise this, and Somebody did!

We all cause harm in some way.
Harm happens when consciousness adopts an ‘i’ to project.
We are here to reverse the harm this ‘i’ has caused,
or we can, of course, continue to project our ‘i’
and attract more of the same; harm.

“What harm have ‘i’ done?”
By this ‘i’ obsession,
we not only harm our own inner peace,
we harm the inner peace of others as well.

How do we switch off this projection?
By realising what we are doing,
we no longer harm others,
and bring to light both inner and outer peace.

How do we do that?
When we meditate,
we see the effect of our actions and,
in that moment of seeing,
we are free.

Being free is our natural state of pure, empty, unbiased awareness.

The way we see life
is the way life projects back to us.

When we project an ‘i’,
‘i’s are projected back to us.
When no ‘i’ is projected,
there is inner and outer peace.

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PRACTICE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE

Practice Is More Important Than Knowledge

Through practice, we realise the wisdom-knowledge within. Outer knowledge is theory. Inner realisation born of wisdom manifests as genuine empathetic compassion. That is the spiritual litmus test.

When stillness walks into a room, we know it.

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THE NAME OF THIS BLOG

The Name Of This Blog

I wanted to call the blog, “Buddhas In The Mud”, in the sense that we are all Buddhas dwelling in the mud of concepts.

But when spoken, that could sound like, “Buddha’s In The Mud”, meaning that the Buddha is in the mud, which he obviously isn’t 🙂

It’s the imagined apostrophe that’s the problem 😀

We are all potential Buddhas In The Mud.
As my Mum used to say,
“Now go and wash it off!”
😀

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THERE IS NOTHING SPIRITUAL ABOUT BELIEF

There Is Nothing Spiritual About Belief

Belief is something we accept without proof, whereas spirituality is actual experience: it is realisation of the spirit of pure consciousness.

We can do this now. Look and see, and then drop all internal comments or feelings. For thousands of years, we have given our power away to something ‘up there’, or ‘down there’: the deception is obvious when pointed out.

Heaven is knowing our true nature of pure consciousness.
Hell is not knowing our true nature of pure consciousness.

In between is doubt.

We look and see that we are conscious. In that experience, we drop the looking and just see. We realise that, in just seeing, there is only the natural spontaneous presence of pure awareness or consciousness. When there is doubt, then we have to rely on belief which has to be maintained. It’s easier to purely know, as that’s maintenance-free. When we know, we can never not know.

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WHY DO WE REFER TO GOD AS ‘HIM’?

Why Do We Refer To God As Him’?

This is not meant to be funny, politically correct, sexist or anti God. Not at all!
Why was man created in God’s image? Did God have dangly bits?

We have been fed illusion after illusion, obscuring reality for millennia.
God has to be pure consciousness. What else can God be?
We are pure consciousness. What else can we be?

Pure consciousness has neither gender nor agenda.
If God had a purpose, what is it? When we look at the world, whatever plan was envisaged hasn’t worked. Or has it?
Peace on Earth and good will to all ‘men’ ??!

People have claimed to have heard the word of God, declaring that God spoke to them. Why do we believe them? Have they actually said anything that clarifies reality, or do they just add to the story line?

Is that inner voice our inspiration?
Or self-aggrandisement?

We can all claim that God speaks to us, but words are part reasoning and part inspiration. When we realise that a Theistic God or Buddhist Rigpa is nothing other than our reality of pure consciousness, then we are free from intercessors who claim to be the holy ones, and tell us what we should be doing – and how much it costs :D.

Humanity has been bombarded with ideas for a very very long time and so, of course, it will be difficult to release ourselves from this programming.

Why do we have an ‘image’ of God as a him, when the commandments say: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”?

A subtle deception binds us. To know God or Rigpa – or whatever we want to call it – we merely look within and realise that we are what we seek.

Dangly bits and Gardens of Eden maintain life on Earth.
No dangly bits and Gardens of Eden, no enlightenment!

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DO WE FEEL WE’RE NOT MAKING SPIRITUAL PROGRESS?

Do We Feel We’re Not Making Spiritual Progress?

This is a psychological dilemma rather than a spiritual one. Spirit is nothing more than pure consciousness; it’s what we are, right now. It is that which sees these words without comment or judgement. Our spiritual essence isn’t something ‘airy fairy’ that drifts around, a soul in the ether: that concept of an ethereal soul is a psychological idea that has led us astray and separated us from our reality (wandering around in the ether is what we are said to do after death!).

Spiritual progress is to do with levels of confidence in clarity without bias, having compassion for all. This doesn’t mean that slanted views go unnoticed.

Anecdotes of others’ spiritual lives may skew our insight – that was theirlife, and our life is ours. Some have paths of bliss and wonder, and some have paths of sticks and stones to climb over. We are not here to conform to a type: this conformity is seen all too often in ‘spiritual’ centres. The way we manifest is down to our pattern of karma, which is the raw material that shows us our path. We’re not here to put on an act, but to deal with raw experience.

Spiritual progress is being content with our ‘shit’, warts and all. Only then can we empathise and understand how others may feel, having compassion and listening. Maybe spiritual progress is just about being able to listen, hear and drop judgements.

Actually, this is precisely the direct pointing out instruction on the nature of mind of Dzogchen – look, see, drop – which is illustrated by a gesture from the teacher: hands up, palms facing out (look), palms turned in to face us (see), hands dropped onto the lap (drop all judgement).

So, spiritual progress is the ability to just drop whatever we are holding onto.

Absurdly simple.

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FINDING WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

Finding What You Are Looking For

There are around 2,360 entries on this blog … probably too many 😀

In ‘Search’ (right at the bottom of the page), try typing a word that comes to mind, and see what pops up. I do this all the time: you’d be surprised at the connections that seem to come out of the blue. I find I have an abstract idea floating around in my mind, and I pick up a random text – and wow! The dots join up, as if like attracts like. Dictionaries are great for this as they expose a deeper meaning of a word.

An example:A common phrase such as, “The truth is in plain sight” may come to mind: I wondered what ‘plain’ meant.
Plain:not decorated or elaborate; simple or basic in character. Having no pretensions; not remarkable or special. Easy to perceive or understand; clear. Hidden in plain sight. 

‘Plain sight’ is nothing other than pure consciousness. There is nothing remarkable or special in this as it is Buddha nature, and we are all Buddha nature. That conclusion is so satisfying.

I find it difficult to believe in the supernatural,
but there is always something in the atmosphere!
😀 😀 😀

The purpose of this blog is to find want is needed, apply it and see if it works. There are some strange ideas being fed into society that divide us from our common sense. When we use words in a limited way, it limits us: this is one reason why different generations may find it difficult to communicate. More and more youngsters are feeling depressed, isolated and pointless. Religions do not seem to be the answer as they just formalise and generalise a set path.

Doublespeak is the complete opposite of plain and simple truth, distorting words and phrases in order to bury a truth. Euphemisms attempt to make certain situations more palatable, deliberately muddying the water. Doublespeak is a deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language that infects the minds of the masses: thoughts and ideas mould us and we become complaint with others’ views.

This blog is just about being aware, and then being aware of awareness; consciousness. Pure consciousness. That is the first and foremost truth. In the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, this is called Dzogchen. You are Dzogchen! That is what you are looking for.

All religions have a element of truth in them, but we tend to become stuck in the decoration and elaboration, and lose the simplicity of pure consciousness. The confusion surrounding elaborations keeps us running back. Realising the essence, we are free.

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ROBOT TO PREACH AT BUDDHIST TEMPLE

Robot To Preach At Buddhist Temple

“Kannon” is designed to attract young people to a Kyoto temple.

The question is, “Why?”

Is the path of believing a machine
the path to believing any machine?

And who writes the data?
And at what level?

 

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THE THREE CAUSES OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

The Three Causes Of The Known Universe

We all know them:

Positive, negative and neutral.
Attraction, repulsion and inertia.
Desire, aversion and indifference.

The three poisons obscuring spiritual realisation.

The Three Causes of the Knowing Universe

Emptiness, cognisance, compassion.
The three wisdoms to spiritual realisation.

The correlation

Desire = Emptiness
Aversion = Awareness
Ignorance = Compassion

When we forget emptiness, desire fills emptiness with concepts.
When we forget awareness, aversion arises as we start judging.
When we forget compassion, ignorance becomes indifferent to others.

 

It’s so simple … but a lot to take in.

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THERE ARE NO INTERPRETATIONS OF THE TRUTH

There Are No Interpretations Of The Truth

There are, however, different levels of the realisation of that truth.

So what is the truth?
Truth is that which is aware.
Truth is that which recognises.
Truth is therefore already known.

The natural awareness of all beings is the one truth
that has no interpretations.

Unfortunately, we interpret and discuss and pontificate and doubt and die.
All the while, pure awareness sat and watched, while we were busy.

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TRANSCENDING TRAUMAS, OBSCURATIONS AND SCARS

Transcending Traumas, Obscurations and Scars

Traumas are what happen to us. Obscurations are our holding on to those traumas. Traumas are troubling incidences that happened in the past, but they also pertain to a moment ago. Interestingly, it’s the bad things that stick with us, rather than the good things. These are life wounds, the karmic results we constantly pick at, keeping old wounds open.

We may reach a point in our spiritual development or intellectual understanding where we see the effect of a trauma and decide to drop it; being no longer bothered by it, the obscuration doesn’t have a hold on us – or rather, doesn’t seemto have a hold on us. This is where the scar comes in.

Until enlightenment, traumas leave scars – a closed wound, or a residue of a disturbance. If we can recognise this, then we can leave the scar to self-heal. The compassion aspect of this is that we can now empathise with others who feelthat they are still suffering. We may believe that we are suffering, but this is merely a scar, a memory: we suffer because we hold on the trauma, and may even cherish our suffering, or fear forgetting the past.

If we don’t recognise this scarring, we scratch at it and open the wound up again, repeating scenarios. The feeling of blame or guilt won’t heal anything; we have all done or said things in the past that caused harm in some way.

We are one huge illusory scar that can self heal if we leave it alone. If we believe we are only the body and mind, we will suffer, as anything physical or mental is temporary.

Trust in seeing, and never be traumatised again!
Never have the wool pulled over your eyes again!
As Tulku Urgyen stated, “We are free in the moment of seeing.”

Scars: get used to them.
It’s a sign of a warrior.

😀

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OUR HIDDEN ASPECT

Our Hidden Aspect

It is sometimes difficult to discuss ‘spirit’ or pure consciousness with others as this is something they have either not have considered, or have a vague idea about. Our spiritual aspect – pure consciousness – may seem hidden from us. It’s disturbing that most of us don’t bother to appreciate consciousness; we just walk around, doing ‘stuff’ when, in truth, our reality is consciousness itself.

On a street level, we don’t bother to notice consciousness.
On a conventional, conceptual level, we can all see that weare conscious and aware.
On a philosophical level, we can infer or theorise that consciousness has to be pure and uncontaminated in order to see clearly.
On a wisdom level, this pure clarity is realised directly as being what we are.
Until this moment, our essential nature is hidden or secret.

When consciousness is aware of consciousness,
we are no longer unconscious.

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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT CONVENIENCE

An Inconvenient Truth About Convenience

Convenience: the state of being able to proceed with something without difficulty.
From Latin ‘convenientia’: assembling, agreeing.

Convenience is the modern way of life; we are fed easy ways of doing things and these conveniences become a necessity on which we rely. The more we give in to convenience, the more we become part of the machinery (and in steps the RFID micro-chip!).

Insidious ideas creep into our lives over generations, and we lose sight of normality. This is how others’ ideas become ours.

What is normal, and how do we get back to it? ‘Normal’ derives from the Latin ‘normalis’, from norma: ‘a carpenter’s square’. Deviate from a right angle and it is no longer accurate.

Likewise, the normal nature of consciousness is pure and uncontaminated. Deviate from that and it becomes impure and contaminated. We are pure perception, pure consciousness, clear vision. When this pure consciousness is attracted to something, it loses sight of its normal state.

We are fed ideas so that our minds have become a convenience store, full of easy, pre-prepared concepts without substance.

We do not need others to run our life for their convenience: we have the natural ability to know what is beneficial and what is not, for our human and spiritual welfare.

The result of ignorance is confusion.
In essence, we have never been confused:
we just ignored our knowing.

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PSYCHOLOGICAL VIRUSES

Psychological Viruses

We are attacked daily by a virus of concepts and chemicals that controls our way of life, so we need antibodies to counter the harm, confusion and suffering caused by this.

Antibodies recognise alien bacteria, viruses and foreign substances – in this case, concepts. The antibody to concepts is recognition.

We have the natural ability to re-cognise, because we already know but have put this knowingness to one side. This knowingness is pure consciousness which was in charge of our minds until we relinquished our authority to others. All media in this samsaric world (samsara – the vicious cycle of existence) is like a virus that infects our mind – and therefore our immune system: we become stressed and run down. Unfortunately, it is we who spread these viruses to others, with our opinions gleaned from doubtful sources.

Our minds need a spring clean! That is the purpose of meditation. It unwinds all the ideas that cling to one another, forming the assemblage that we call ‘me’ and my view of life.

We are natural, pure clarity – the jewel in the mud of concepts. Realise that the mud has no effect on this jewel: the mud merely covers and disguises it. We need wash it off – and that is the purpose of meditation. Once it is clean, just let it shine!

We recognise by remembering. Reading or hearing beneficial words that we respect injects a clarity virus into our mind to sustain our perseverance. We then know why to meditate twice a day, on the doctor’s advice! Doctor: Latin docere ‘to teach’.

In meditation, we are immune to influences.
We are then ready for service.

Immune: protected, not affected or influenced by something.

Let’s hope this goes viral!
😀

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THE ‘VERY ADVANCED’ PRACTICE OF ONE TASTE

The ‘Very Advanced’ Practice Of One Taste

😀 😀 😀

I don’t know about you, but I was led to believe that “one taste” meant that a realised person had acquired supernatural powers and so, for them, there would be no difference between eating glass or cheese. I thought that meant that both could be easily digested because the practitioner realised the illusion of all things. A slight misunderstanding on my part … but one that was never demystified. For me, this misunderstanding was attached to everything Tibetan, and so it was all a mystery (and a bit of a carrot in front of the donkey!).

The ‘very advanced’ practice of one taste is simple.

In the very moment of tasting, seeing, smelling, touching, hearing, there is one pure experience of … just experiencing. There is no me (experiencer) and no memory or judgement (thing experienced). There is just experience. In that moment, one is not bothered whether something is hot or cold, sweet or sour: there is just taste before any personal preference, which comes a milli-moment later.

The very moment after pure experience, we then give a name to that experience – which is pragmatic, as we don’t need to swallow glass, and shouldn’t put cheese where a window should be.

Of course, if we see ever a miracle that has meaning, then we will know something special has happened. Until then, rely on common sense, insight and clarity. Life is too short to wait around for mysteries, beliefs and fantasies to appear.

And there we have it: all appearances are an illusion.

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THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING THOUGHTS

There Is Nothing Wrong With Having Thoughts

There is nothing wrong with having thoughts.
It is clinging to those thoughts that creates a fixed personality
that controls our behaviour – and our life.

Life then become one long repetition.
Being fresh within any situation bring new inspiration.
Letting go of fixations brings a clear view.

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ONENESS ISN’T TWONESS

Oneness Isn’t Twoness

Oneness is non-dual realisation.
Twoness is dual realisation.

When we relate,
that is duality.

When there is no relating,
that is non-duality.

When there is I,
there is you.

When there is no I,
there is only you.

Love is like that.
Unconditional.

The word ‘oneness’ may confuse us: at the lower levels, negative emotions and wisdom are separate whereas, at the highest level, negative emotions and wisdom are one and the same. By virtue of one, the other is known, spontaneously.

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REALISING OUR ULTIMATE BEING

Realising Our Ultimate Being

Our ultimate being is pure cognisance.

What else can it be?

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SO WE THINK WE HAVE FREE WILL?

So We Think We Have Free Will?

Free will is beyond acquired thinking.

What else can it be?

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A DEITY IS A SYMBOL OF OUR ULTIMATE BEING

A Deity Is A Symbol of Our Ultimate Being

Deities are symbols of our ultimate being: pure cognisance.

What else can they be?

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS SHOULD BE FREE

Spiritual Teaching Should Be Free

Spiritual teachings are telling us what we already are.
Why do we have to pay to be told what we are?

The whole point of freedom is being unbound.

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IS ‘TRUTH’ JUST ANOTHER IDEA?

Is ‘Truth’ Just Another Idea?

Truth is not a mental construct as truth can never change.

All things and ideas are changeable because they are constructs, made from parts that come together by causes and conditions, and so they don’t have any inherent nature of their own.

So what is left?
Who asks the question?
It is our mind that asks questions, but who or what is aware of these questions?

Without consciousness, no question can be asked and no answer can be received.

So is consciousness the truth?
Consciousness is the faculty of perception, memory and judgement.
Its true nature, however, is empty receptivity because, before the faculty of perception, memory and judgement, there is pure awareness, empty of bias or contamination.
The ethereal clean slate!

We can only read words on paper by virtue of the clarity of the clean page on which they are written. If we merely write over a contaminated page, it will be difficult to see clearly.

Our pure state is the clarity of seeing.
That is the ultimate truth.
That unchanging spirit nature cannot be observed, but only realised in pure experience.

It is because of this that everything may be known.
It is knowingness, before anything is known.

It is home.
Home is a clear page.
Happy now.

The only way to know the truth is to suck it and see!

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THE AGE OF FAST SPIRITUAL PROGRESS

The Age Of Fast Spiritual Progress

“But the world is in such a mess!”
Precisely!

The Dzogchen teachings are for this period in human history because they are the direct instruction into the nature of mind, the nature of reality. At this time, suffering is obvious, chaos is obvious and manipulation is obvious. The odds are stacked against humanity because of the influence of the power-crazies. It’s so clear that it’s wonderful; our ‘enemy’ is our best teacher.

In the face of adversity, spiritual progress is not concerned with competitiveness. It’s to do with realising the nature of ourmind, the recognition of ourtrue reality – consciousness.

When existence becomes pleasant,
we won’t bother to transcend.

Religion is a double-edged sword because, in looking for inner peace,
we either sit in the duality of inner stillness,
or there is merely non-dual stillness.
We have to know the difference.

Realisation is the recognition of pure consciousness
and whatever obscures this.

It is not the time to mess around!

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THE VERY DELICATE MATTER OF INSPIRATION

The Very Delicate Matter of Inspiration

Inspiration is connection: “Eureka! I found it!” We recognise. The moment we connect, we have arrived, and there is no longer a need to hold on to whatever or whoever inspired us. We are free.

If we hold on, we project and obsess, becoming attracted to the form that becomes a belief – and belief is a powerful prison. We are imposing an idea on our creation, and this binds us.

In deity practice – which is known as Guru Yoga, and regarded as the path of devotion – the visualisation practice is completed by dissolving everything.

If we are preoccupied by holding on to the deity visualisation or the lama/teacher, we can lose original insight. Devotion is deep appreciation: the moment we appreciate, the effect has taken place and the connection is made. The effect is empty cognisance, an clear conduit where everything passes through. If we hold on to the connection, the connection becomes sticky and attracts fluffblocking the conduit! 😀

When we are told to see the lama/teacher as a Buddha, it is we who are projecting this idea. This defers the realisation that we, too, are Buddha nature.

Inspiration.
Let it be.
There’s another coming up behind!

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WORDS ARE NOT THE TRUTH

Words Are Not The Truth

Words are not the truth.
Wordless, truth is the origin of all.
Words create all things.
Wordless is pure consciousness.
Words see manifestations.
Wordless realises emptiness.

“In the beginning was the word.”
The beginning of creation, yes.
Creation is not a manifestation of truth:
it is the manifestation of desire.

Don’t be spell bound by words:
realise their meaning.
Before words is consciousness.
The truth is not ancient wisdom.
The truth is now, as it was then.

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WE GO THROUGH HELL TO GET TO HEAVEN

We Go Through Hell To Get To Heaven

We go through hell to get to heaven,
while hell never truly existed.

We live in a manufactured reality
where karma deceives consciousness.

We have to pass through this hell,
which is full of fools and sages from whom we can learn.

“This hell isn’t my fault!”
We are all part of the karmic collective that misunderstands reality.

If a thing is real, it can never not be real.
Whatever is real has to be constant.
Hell isn’t.

Life, though seeming real, is an illusion:
the only reality is pure consciousness.

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FOMO – FEAR OF MISSING OUT

FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out
😀

We all want to be ‘where it’s at’, don’t we? To be in the inner circle. The truth is – we are already where it’s at! We are the inner circle of no circumference; pure consciousness, without exclusions.

The desire to be in the know can haunt us, and rule our entire lives. Becoming obsessed about missing out could lead to depression or even suicidal feelings. C.S Lewis wrote about the inner circle, and came to a wonderful conclusion – that when we pay attention to whatever we are doing, we become the inner circle – and this has guided me my entire life because it reflects the Buddha’s words, “Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself”.

We can spend decades going to retreats and teachings in the fear of missing out, hoping “Maybe this time, they’ll tell us the secret”, but that never materialises so we keep going back, just in case.

Fearing missing out, we never get to trust what we actually experience. We become reliant, and then impose the teachings onto situations instead. The teachings may make us feel better, but we are vulnerable when we deal with outsiders because we’re limited to one particular tradition and haven’t realised the true essence of all sentient beings. We may shun others’ views and stay within our group, continuing to be caught up in the form.

Empathy is the ability to understand how another feels. When I meet a ‘spiritual’ person who can actually do that, I’ll let you know 😀 We live in a world of strife, so there are no expectations to get on with one another; we share a few moments, and move on.

Realising we are what we seek and we are where its at – the inner centre of pure consciousness – we no longer chase after others’ exclusive limitations. Inner circles do exist in organisations: they are not evil, but the desire to be in the inner circle can create problems with confidence and progress. We just have to leave others to get on with it.

On our journey to realisation, we can rub shoulders for a while and then move on. We learn sequentially through genuine, everyday experiences and interactions. Nobody can do this for us, not even a Buddha. Our reactions to this life are our root teacher, as life is with us at every moment.

It’s quite simple: we merely have to pay attention to what weare doing. If we have a problem, welook more closely. If we are bored,welook more closely. In this way, confidence grows … and attracts! We no longer have to wonder where the inner circle is. 😀 We (consciousness) are in the zone!

When we stop running after others,
we will find inner peace
in the inner circle of inner consciousness.

It’s such a relief!

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Excerpts from C. S. Lewis’s essay is entitled “The Inner Ring”. It describes our common desire to be accepted within the ‘inner ring’ of whatever group matters to us at the time.

To feel ‘excluded’ or ‘out of it’ is miserable. yet the desire to be ‘in’ can make you say things you would not otherwise say or not say things you should say. This desire to be on the inside of whatever group you aspire to join can affect your relationships at work, in the community, and in the church.

“I am not going to say that the existence of Inner Rings is an evil. It is certainly unavoidable. but the desire which draws us to Inner Rings is another matter. A thing may be morally neutral and yet the desire for that thing may be dangerous… “As long as you are governed by that desire, you will never get what you want. You are trying to peel an onion: if you succeed there will be nothing left. Until you conquer the fear of being an outsider, an outsider you will remain.”

“The quest of the Inner Ring will break your hearts unless you break it. But if you break it, a surprising result will follow. If in your working hours you make the work your end, you will presently find yourself all unawares inside the only circle in your profession that really matters. You will be one of the sound craftsmen, and the other sound craftsmen will know it. “

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REALISING SPIRIT

Realising Spirit

Our problem is not, not connecting to spirit.
Our problem is spirit attaching itself to mental activity.

Some call our essential nature ‘spirit’, higher self, pure consciousness or God. This not only implies that there is something to attain, but we have created a duality; there is a suggestion that we are not there yet.

This ‘spirit’ is what we already are: it is seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching via the senses, right now.

But this spirit is so attached to seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching – and the thoughts about seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching – that it has lost sight of its original, essential nature.

It’s quite simple.
We have merely confounded ourselves.

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IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE WAKE UP…

It Is Imperative That We Wake Up…
and recognise the illusions

The DNA of the mind; the genetic information and characteristics – physical or mental – that are passed from one generation to another.

How easily we conform to being manipulated, and then pass this behaviour on to others.

The Milgram experiment shows how people, against their better judgement, obey someone in a white coat who instructs them to inflict electrical shocks on another person. This was a staged experiment using actors; an unsuspecting participant was told to inflict pain on an unseen individual as a ‘punishment’ for an incorrect answer to a question. No pain was actually caused, but the person who pushed the switch did not know this – and despite believing that they were causing pain, people still complied with the commands they were given.

The video below shows how this procedure is applied today with the objective of creating compliance to those in uniform who use humiliation and intimidation. This compliance is passed on by us as we are led to believe and obey – often against our better judgement.

When we conform to be uniformed, we consent to losing our freedom under the guise of there being danger and evil lurking everywhere. It is us who give the authority to the ‘authorities’: this is obedience training, just like Pavlov’s dogs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1017&v=RbJOF-2UZFg

If we want to change the world for the better, then we have to start now. We must first look deep within our own mind to see what drives it, and then do what we can to be of benefit to the outer world.

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WHEN WE KNOW, THEN WE CANNOT NOT KNOW

When We Know, Then We Cannot Not Know

If we think that things just happen,
then we will remain deluded.

When we know that there is a cause for everything,
then we will recognise and be prepared.

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WHEN SIMPLICITY BECOMES COMPLEXITY

When Simplicity Becomes Complexity

Ultimately, truth is incomprehensible
because it is non-dual experience.

Comprehension comes afterwards,
when truth is realised.

Words are then sought
to describe the inexpressible.

Ultimate truth is simplicity itself. To the uninitiated, this seems incomprehensible, and thus truth appears complex and mysterious.

We hear or read words, but they can become meaningless and so, more words are sought, while the ultimate truth remains incomprehensible because it is beyond understanding, being non-dual experience. As we are not convinced about our true reality, the ‘entertainment officers’ create more words and rituals for us to follow.

At the heart of all spiritual traditions is resting within the pure stillness of silent awareness which is totally empty, free of contrivances. We cannot get simpler than emptiness.

“That sounds boring!” And therein lies the problem: we are not convinced, and so we create complexity and philosophical discussion.

“Why are we so confused?” Because we were born on to a conveyor belt of programming, and our labour is needed in order to keep the conveyor belt moving. Instead of realising that we are enlightened beings, we engage in trivial pursuits.

“But I have to earn a living!” Yes, but be aware that we may be engaged in upgrading our own conveyor belt. Step off the conveyor belt today, and take a rest.

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THE TWO FEATURES OF THOUGHTS

The Two Features of Thoughts

Most people identify with their thoughts to such an extent that they believe they are the accumulation of all their thoughts, and are proud of this. In reality, thoughts are merely mental programming that has been acquired since birth.

When we start to investigate the nature of thoughts and consciousness, we need to analyse and then rest though meditation: we focus on the breath (or a mantra) to cut through these thoughts and then come to stillness.

If we have been instructed and trained in recognising the nature of consciousness – which is the realisation of pure emptiness – then, when one of the negative emotions occurs, emptiness and wisdom arise simultaneously, and the emotional thoughts dissolve immediately.

It is said that the more emotions and thoughts, the more the emptiness: thoughts no longer hinder, as they have become an aid in the moment of recognition.

A problem arises when we become stuck in the beginners’ stage, continuing to think that thoughts are the problem and that we mustn’t have them. Thoughts are not the problem: holding on to thoughts is the problem. There comes a stage when we have to drop the method, or the method becomes a hinderance.

However, as Chogyam Trungpa said, “Never forget the beginner stage.” We have to be honest about what we are experiencing, rather than assuming that we have arrived. We need to go back to basics, constantly.

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UNITY DOES NOT MEAN UNIFORMITY

Unity Does Not Mean Uniformity

We can have unity in diversity.

We are all one common element
– and that is pure consciousness –
but we are unique in methods of realisation and expression.

There is oneness in realisation,
but our paths are not the same.
This is why we work in harmony, rather than in unison.

Our path is our own conventional confusion,
but our destination is the same:
the ultimate realisation of pure consciousness.

A group may be of benefit for a while.
Then, we are alone … all one.

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THE WEAKNESS OF EVIL IS ARROGANCE

The Weakness Of Evil Is Arrogance

It speaks for its self.

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WE ALL NEED A FEELING OF SUCCESS

We All Need A Feeling Of Success

Life has become so diverse that we no longer have time to become an expert, or feel satisfied. We look at the world and it’s confused, and always seems to need an upgrade! We think that we have to start at the bottom and work our way up in order to be successful or to understand something. Not so; we can start at the top and know success in one instant.

In the Dzogchen tradition of spirituality, we are introduced to the ultimate truth, and life becomes fruitful and successful as we now know what it’s all about, and everything we do has a purpose. The ultimate truth isn’t something we have to work at because the ultimate truth is the reality of our very own nature.

Dzogchen is Tibetan for the direct realisation of ultimate reality of empty cognisance. This is not a practice: it’s what we are. It is consciousness that recognises that, in reality, there is nothing other than conscious awareness. That isthe reality. It doesn’t matter what happens in our life, this ultimate consciousness is always present.

The feeling of success is that we now know and see. We see what others do not: they may have money, power, intellect, and a lofty view of themselves, but their consciousness is lost in favour of their acquisitions. We see that their happiness is reliant on conditions, and for them, we have compassion: for those who are unhappy, we have empathy.

All the suffering we have ever experienced adds to our ability to be empathetic and compassionate because we know how it feels. Do you see how powerful you are? We no longer react in the same way as others, and all we have to do is remember our ultimate reality of empty cognisance.

With this understanding comes genuine confidence and self appreciation. This isn’t being proud of oneself: we merely appreciate our bundle of confusion and inadequacy … I just think, “Well, it’s not much to hold onto anyway!” 😀

The point of meditation is that we become more familiar with this natural emptiness. Thoughts and emotions seem to get worse, but the truth is that we are noticing more.

Thoughts and wisdom arise simultaneously:
we are therefore free in the moment of seeing.

That is the real success, and our life has become worthwhile.

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WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS AND WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?

What is Consciousness And What is Spirituality ?

The moment we became confused

If we do not recognise consciousness itself, but only whatever consciousness perceives, then we cannot realise that which is beyond consciousness.

Consciousness has two aspects; it is the facility to perceive, and it is the pure ability of perception itself. There doesn’t seem to be a word for the latter, unless we use the term ‘spirit’ – the non-physical and non-mental aspect of being. In Buddhism, this is called the Kayas. This spirit has three qualities of emptiness, cognisance and compassion = Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya and Nirmanakaya.

The essential nature of pure perception is pure consciousness; empty, pure, uncontaminated space. That is our unchanging reality.

When people talk about ‘my spirit’ or ‘my higher self’, they are creating and maintaining a duality. We are pure consciousness or pure spirit … now!

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OTHERS’ SPIRITUAL WAYS

Others’ Spiritual Ways

It’s a touchy subject, isn’t it?
😀

Meeting others on spiritual paths can be – and often is – a catalyst for all our feelings and emotions. They make us a little crazy, because they seem a little crazy, right? In meeting ordinary people, the atmosphere is less charged, but ‘spiritual’ people often appear to act oddly. This is because we hold on to whatever we believe is precious, and fear our view being contaminated by the expression of others. One who is a genuine practician is naturally empathetic and generous.

If all we do is repeat the same words from the same books and agree on the same meaning, then all seems well – but the moment we see the meaning slightly differently, communication has to stop.

To be honest, I have to say to myself, “Leave them alone!” every day 😀 The words of the Buddha come to mind; “Do good, do no harm, tame the mind.” Damn! Can I at least punch a pillow? I chant OM MANI PEME HUM mentally, very quickly, to crowd out the frustration, and blot out my reactions. 😀

Our actual path to enlightenment is the recognition of our own confusion, bias and behaviour – this persona we in which we walk around – that clouds our clarity. The path is not about collecting a load of information that adds to our karma. It does not matter what we perceive in others as we all hold to a precious view of ourselves: it is the recognition of what is happening in our mind that cuts through the cloud of unknowing and separation.

If we have pride – which is a negative emotion because we feel superior to others – there is wisdom within this emotion. Whatever we feel that we know or realise, others will, at some time, reach that same realisation, and it is for that reason that wisdom-pride is known as the wisdom of equality.

The same applies to jealousy: whatever qualities we see in others which we feel we lack have to be already within us for us to be able to recognise them. For this reason, the wisdom aspect of jealousy is all-accomplishing wisdom.

Always be positive; life is too short to be otherwise!

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REINCARNATION; IS IT WORTH THE GAMBLE?

Reincarnation; Is It Worth The Gamble?

If we see this life as the only reality, then it doesn’t matter what we do as there are no long term consequences, unless we belong to an organisation or belief system, where we play a part in its continuity. But for us, personally, it’s the end; we just played our part, a bit like ants.

If, however, rebirth is the reality, then our intentions change, as there is a reason for our inclinations.

This will blow your mind! 😀

In the reality of reincarnation, we have had infinite rebirths: every sentient being has been our mother, and we have suffered every possible disease, given birth to a baboon, been the opposite gender, murdered everyone, had our udders milked on a distant planet … the list is infinite. We have done and been everything, and now we are here – and we shouldn’t take for granted what our next incarnation will be.

It is said that, after death when we do not have a body, our karmic wind will take us where our inclinations direct, so whatever we do now creates conditions, not only for the next moment but also for the next incarnation. Mentally, we are not all the same; some people lack empathy and cannot love, thinking only of themselves or their ‘organisation’.

We have a precious opportunity to bring an end to these futile activities which only create suffering. We have the potential to realise our true nature. We can either pave the way to a higher rebirth that is more conducive to enlightenment, or we can delay this possibility.

It’s not difficult to realise the truth, and face in the right direction: we merely have to stop chasing phantoms. When we truly consider reincarnation, everything makes sense and our direction becomes clear. There is real purpose, and life is no longer a gamble.

In reality, there is no path.

For those who do not care, there is no path
as they believe in everything they see.

For those who are realised, there is no path
as the path was our confusion and, through seeing, our confusion never existed

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THE GREAT IMPARTIALITY

The Great Impartiality

When we are partial,weturn against each other.
When we are impartial,we listen without bias.

Impartiality gives rise to open confidence.
Partiality gives rise to closed doubt.

The factors conducive to the attainment of enlightenment are: observation, investigation, effort, calmness, absorption and impartiality. When we ignore these, we become distracted, and turn against each other.

Evil loves and creates partiality.
True love is impartial.

“May we refrain from attraction, aversion and great impartiality…”
from a prayer to generate the altruistic attitude of bodhicitta

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CONFIDENCE AND DOUBT

Confidence And Doubt
The system of good and evil

The only undeniable truth in which we can trust and have confidence is pure consciousness. It’s what we are; nothing else. It is by virtue of this sacred space of pure consciousness that everything is known.

Of all those sacred places in the world, the most sacred is the pure space of our own consciousness.

Through investigation, we gain confidence that this is the first and only truth. The origin of truth. We are therefore never, ever separated from the truth. Realising this, we gain confidence.

Life might not have turned out as we may have wished, but throughout it, pure consciousness has always been present. With this understanding, our minds become clearer and our needs simplify, as whatever we now do merely supports this investigation. We no longer chase after others’ dreams.

The great deception is doubt. If we believe that consciousness is a thing that only perceives, judges and reacts, we cannot acknowledge pure consciousness as we are too busy calculating, and our reality of pure consciousness becomes clouded. We cannot trust our thoughts and reactions because they have been tempered by being mixed with something other.

Seeing clearly is pure consciousness. As long as we doubt our true nature, we can never see clearly.

This is the governance of the system under which we live:
if we don’t see the system, the system is working.
Once we see the system at work, it no longer governs us.

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GOOD AND EVIL ON THE BATTLEFIELD OF INDIFFERENCE

Good And Evil On The Battlefield Of Indifference 

Spiritually speaking, the word ‘good’ refers to the ultimate truth of our nature, which pure consciousness. We all are good at heart, but unfortunately we give in to selfishness – badissimo! In fact, this is the basis of evil. Evil is anything that obscures our pure consciousness – which, in fact, is everything that distracts us. If we are unaware of our ultimate nature, we will continue to be indifferent or ignorant of that ultimate nature, remaining partial to a self identity and restricted to a set of ideas about ourself.

We are so much more than this.

For those who are indifferent, the words ‘truth’ and ‘evil’ will remain in the realm of conventional consciousness as an exaggeration, and nothing to do with them. Our mind is the distraction battlefield, while the very nature of this mind is pure consciousness itself. See how easy it is to become confused? 😀

We are uncontaminated empty space of consciousness ( ) but we dwell in the dot of a false identity within that space ( . ).

Globally, this is a game of two sides, with humanity – the great indifferent – in the middle. Evil seeks to manipulate the indifferent, and good seeks to negate this evil influence.

The truth is that evil can show us the way, once we recognise its influence.
We are then free in the moment of seeing.
Game over!

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“ORDER OUT OF CHAOS”

Order Out Of Chaos”

Old Latin:ORDO AB CHAO

Everything is created by causes and conditions; everything follows an order. Nothing just suddenly happens. If we are unwilling to look at both the causes of world events and what goes on in our own minds, we will only see coincidental, chaotic cock ups. If chaos has been created, then it must follow a sequence. If this sequence is not seen clearly, we will not notice the order of events, and so we remain in chaos.
This is the age of chaos, after all 🙂

There are two ways of looking at the motto, “Order out of chaos”:
Order out of chaos could mean creating an order of events that brings about chaos in order to manipulate further events.
Order out of chaos could mean clarity out of chaos: the realisation that comes from recognising the cause of chaos.

Is there an order for recognition?
Certainly.
We start with meditation, to clear the mind of chaos.

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BE ORIGINAL; DON’T BE ANGRY

Be Original; Don’t Be Angry

Don’t become the anger;
become the wisdom.

Anger, in the very first instant, is mirror like-wisdom, when consciousness sees something amiss, not quite right, inappropriate or out of place. Anger is energy – precious energy – that is telling us something important. It’s not to be wasted on mere emotional reactions.

Natural wisdom comes from pure consciousness which has three qualities: emptiness, clarity and unlimited compassionate power. These three qualities are known as the three Kayas: Dhamakaya, Sambhogakaya and Nirmankaya in Sanskrit. These are inseparable; they are all-at-once.

There is a time and place for bliss, and a time and place for anger; these two are also inseparable. It’s such a relief and inspiration when something amiss is noted.

Is the world out of control?
Certainly not.
Chaos is created and maintained to gain power.
So what do we do about that?

When the Buddha left his father’s palace of luxury, he realised that people suffered and were miserable, and he wanted to do something about that. What did he do? He meditated and achieved the realisation of the three Kayas, which allowed him to manifest the teachings as a healing process – which still works to this day. We have this process today due to unbroken lineage transmissions throughout the centuries.

Through the clarity of emptiness, we can manifest generosity, patience, discipline, morality, concentration and wisdom/the realisation of our true nature. Apart from resting in pure awareness, we can meditate to energise in order to meet the needs of others.

That’s how we become original.

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TRUTH IS BEYOND BELIEF

Truth Is Beyond Belief

It does not matter what we think or believe the truth to be,
the truth can only be known
by that which recognises thoughts or beliefs.

And what is that?
That can only be pure consciousness that is present
before a thought or belief.
It is truly that simple.

As humans, we need thoughts and beliefs to function,
but these need not govern our reality.
Our work is to recognise these thoughts and beliefs
and not become attached to them,
thereby realising that we are the ultimate sovereign.
Life is therefore meaningful for all of us.

It is truly that simple.
What else can truth be?

It is thoughts and beliefs that brought us here.
To be released from this cycle of existence,
we merely have to recognise and let go.
At that moment, realisation occurs.

We are the happiness we seek.
We can either rest in that happiness,
or continue to look for something else.

The more we remember, the more we simply rest.

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PLUMBING WITHOUT A PLUMBER

Plumbing without a Plumber

As we progress along the path of exposing the false and hollow nature of ideas and beliefs about our self, we may experience a feeling of alienation towards the collective consciousness which is drifting along, driven by the winds of karma.

When sudden realisation that we are no longer aimless dawns, a shock of surprise presents itself – accompanied by sadness that all beings have the very same potential of realisation. Naturally empathetic compassion arises, along with a compelling sense of duty.

We are no longer an alien, but part of a conscious system. When we become connected to the truth about our reality, a conduit was created, which acts as a channel for transmission.

Conduit: to bring together.

A conduit is
clear and empty.

A conduit has
a direction.

A conduit can
manifest connections.

= the three Kayas!

Dharmakaya – emptiness
Sambhogakaya – cognisance
Nirmanakaya – unconfined compassionate activity

We are all plumbers at heart, wanting to connect.
It’s our nature!

😀

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EGO: FRIEND AND TEACHER

Ego: Friend And Teacher

The term ‘ego’, at a lower level, is a derogatory remark; we say that he or she is ‘all ego’, self-centred, self-interested. The funny thing is, who do theythink is making these remarks?” 😀

Ego is simply consciousness attached to ideas about itself and whatever it sees. Who isn’t attached? Ego is what we call ‘me’, or ‘myself’, and ego isself-centred and self-interested. Seeing ego as a failure is lower level spiritual management.

Ego in Dzogchen is our teacher, with self interested concepts being recognised within compassionate space of empty awareness. Consciousness’s feeling of self importance is now clearly seen as our karmic collection resulting from past memories and judgements.

We need not feel guilty or be afraid of having an ego: after all, these feelings will always be with us until the moment of final enlightenment. Ego is our prompter, showing us our reactions and the sort of person we have become. In fact, our ego is our path, uncovering ego’s consciousness’s confusion about reality.

The very moment of recognisingego’s calculations arising within mind-consciousness is the very moment of liberation. These reactions have absolutely no reality: they are a survival mode of primitive brain – fight, flight or freeze.

Antidotes to ego are merely temporary as our attachments will return. In Dzogchen, we see directly that these attachments have no reality as they are merely our habitual programming. It is not concepts that bind us: it is our attachment to those concepts that snares us. This also applies to emotions and sensory experiences.

We needn’t be afraid of our self,
as it never existed.

Before we make a remark,
pure consciousness has already seen.

There you are!

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ESOTERIC TEACHINGS

Esoteric Teachings

Esotericmeans ‘known by the few’, whereasexotericis ‘known by the many’. Exoteric teachings are the gradual paths comprising of methods that inspire us, convincing us to stay committed. These teaching have disciplines attached to them; the do’s and dont’s, and are outer teachings for those whom this method suits.

All spiritual teachings have an inner core of realisation. Dzogchen is one such teaching. It is a teaching that needs no practice: it just direct seeing in any moment, which affects our conduct. In Dzogchen, we only practise when we become distracted, and then we practise whatever suits to arrive back in the clarity of emptiness.

To simplify: we meditate to arrive at non-meditation, letting go of the method when emptiness is realised. Once we arrive at recognition, we drop the meditation and the meditator. From duality to non-duality.

It does not matter whether our meditation is good or otherwise, the recognition of emptiness is realised as ever-present. In Dzogchen, there is direct realisation of the nature of mind – pure empty consciousness. We apply a practice of meditation when we become confused or distracted.

When confused, we have to set the scene right, to an atmosphere of stillness so that we can arrive at realisation. Becoming a spiritual engineer, we recognise that there is an oscillation between duality and non-duality, moving in and out of consciousness, of waking and dreaming.

When we do not function properly,
we apply a method.

When we function properly,
we have worked it out.

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WE ARE NEVER SEPARATE FROM TRUTH

We Are Never Separate From Truth

The truth is not ‘out there’. The truth is our very own clarity – the emptiness of knowingness. It is this pure perception that is the reality. That which is perceived has no reality, inspiring though it may be.

While ancient spiritual texts express our pure spirit of being, the only reality is in that pure spirit of being, rather than in the text itself. Not realising this, we live in hope and fear. Realisation is knowing the reality of our true nature, while being fully aware that beings are subject to distractions which downgrade and obscure that realisation.

Realisation cuts through the fog of polishing egos that cling to ancient text, while missing the absolute point that we arethat ancient text. When realised, others’ suffering does not go unnoticed: realisation is naturally empathetic and compassionate.

We are divided by a lack of love.
Recognising a lack of love
is the realisation.

In order to love,
w­e have to take ourselves out of the picture.
In love, we are not separate.

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SHORT CUT TO THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS

Short Cut To The Four Noble Truths
The realisation of the ultimate truth in one single moment

The four noble truths are; the existence of suffering, the cause of that suffering, the cessation of suffering, and following the path that leads away from suffering.

To clarify:
In order to attain liberation from suffering, we first must recognise that we are suffering – or that we are, at least, dissatisfied.
We desire and get irritated, and so we suffer.
The cause of that suffering is an identification with and defence of a me and mine.
We look for a system that brings an end to this suffering, and we practise.

We might assume that this is a long term process to clear our confusion.

Once we realise, however, that our very nature is pure consciousness then, whena disturbance or irritation – or suffering – occurs in the mind, that recognition realises that a self is being defended.

That moment of recognition is the instantaneous realisation of liberation; the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness.

The four noble truths are right here, right now, in a single moment.

Now, we only need to clean up our act, our karma. When we stop acting out*, enlightenment occurs. The degree to which we value this moment of happiness will affect the period we stay enlightened … a moment, or everlasting.

It’s only a matter of appreciating real happiness.

*Acting out: an out-of-control, self-interest mechanism.

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